FOX13 Investigates: Layoffs at Green Tech Automotive despite promises to bring jobs

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Green Tech Automotive, a company that built all electrical cars, was touted as bringing hundreds of jobs to Tunica County, but many say it has not delivered. 

FOX13 discovered the company had layoffs this week, and it is hitting Tunica County hard.

It was a big deal in 2012 when President BILL Clinton showed up to show his support for Green Tech Automotive in Horn Lake... touting  jobs coming to the Mid-South.

But times have changed since the company's plant opened in Tunica, Mississippi.



Valencia Johnson told us one of her best friends was among those laid off by Green Tech Automotive on Monday. "They said they never made a call, and they're trying to see if they can get paid this Thursday. That's just pitiful," Johnson said.

The state department of labor told us they are still trying to figure out how many employees were laid off.

When we went to the Green Tech plant on Tuesday, they said they would get back to us.

In the meantime, the layoff letter to employees cites a slow merger and a lack of work as the reason for the layoffs.

Two employees who were laid off told us there were very few cars ever produced at the plant. Sources said some 20 employees were let go.

Tunica County Supervisor James Dunn told us Green Tech Automotive had an agreement with the state to bring 300 jobs to Tunica County. He told us that was cut back to 150 at some point, but the plant never employed more than 85 people.

"There has always been reservations about about how well the company has performed... Whether they are ever going to produce cars up there," Dunn said.

Supervisor Henry Nickson told us he feels like the company took advantage of state perks. He said the county and state have to do a better job of checking potential employers.

In the meantime, Valencia Johnson's friend is out of a job. "It's just heart breaking. It's just really heartbreaking."